The ever-growing impact of climate change, military conflicts, rapid urbanization and economic crises present a clear need and opportunity for qualified professionals in both developed and developing countries. This Master degree is the only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture. It provides students with the necessary theoretical and methodological background in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach and manage projects in cooperation and sustainable development ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.
Professionals involved in these areas need to understand that their role in the complex system of international cooperation is to seek holistic solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and citizen participation. It is essential to understand the physical, social and cultural substrate of the cities or territories in which we are going to intervene and analyze the context at all scales throughout the intervention process in order to establish a critical approach and proposals in accordance to their urban legacies.
The Master degree deals with three main topics: international cooperation, sustainable development, and emergency architecture. The program includes courses that will help implement and complete this necessary multidisciplinary approach with alternative planning, urban and architectural strategies that promote social cohesion. Students will be introduced to different contexts and situations so as to acquire the proper skills to develop a critical analysis and management capacity of complex problems. They will learn to maximize human resources to deal with and support local actors in post-disaster scenarios and tackle urban upgrading strategies in both developed and developing countries.
The Barcelona-based master is a second-year option within the Mundus Urbano master (Darmstadt University), forming part of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and making it the only Erasmus Mundus master offered by an architecture school in all of Catalunya. The Mundus Urbano program is a joint European Masters degree program offered by the following universities: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Université Pierre-Mendès-France Grenoble and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona.
The program provides students with the necessary theoretical and methodological background in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach and manage projects in cooperation and sustainable development ranging from the urban to the architectural scale. Students will acquire the necessary knowledge to manage complex projects in international cooperation, emergency architecture, and sustainable development in which governmental and non-governmental institutions, beneficiaries and technical staffs are involved.
This program is aimed at university graduates from the following areas: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Design, and Geography.
About the Master
This official degree prepares architects, urban planners and other professionals to develop and rebuild communities affected by the ever-growing impact of climate change, military conflicts, rapid urbanization and economic crises in both developed and developing countries. The one-year program provides students with the necessary theoretical and methodological background in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach and manage projects in cooperation and sustainable development ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.
Reasons to study this master
1. A wide range of job opportunities
This master course prepares both professionals and academics to critically intervene in the context of international cooperation and urban development. A mandatory internship period provides students with the connections and experience needed to secure positions in institutions like international cooperation agencies, municipal planning offices, research institutes and consultancy firms that deal with international cooperation, post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum improvement and infrastructure development, among other areas. The master provides immediate access to Ph.D. programs in Europe after approving the 60 ECTS due to its official accreditation.
2. Interdisciplinary and interscalar approach
Meeting the complex challenges presented by the field of development requires holistic solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and range from the urban to the architectural scale, which is why our program counts on a prestigious roster of both local and international professors from diverse sectors and professional practices.
3. Multicultural environment
Much like our faculty, our students hail from diverse countries around the globe, making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment and a valuable professional network.
Study program and subjects 2018-2019
Subjects in course
- Bottom Up Strategies for Urban Regeneration
- Environmental Justice. Urban Development
- Governance, Participation and Social Design
- Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements
- Introduction to Emergency and Urban Development
- Participation As a Tool for Upgrading
- Participatory Planning. Community Design
- Socio Spatial Workshop for Integrated Urban Upgrading
- Urban Growth and City Resilience
- Master Thesis
During term 2 The master course comprises a period for students to complete an internship period of three months in International Cooperation Institutions and/or local organizations in order to familiarise themselves with the development and management of Cooperation Projects.
Who can apply?
This program is aimed at university graduates from the following areas: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Design and Geography.
Required level of education: Graduate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree + University Master’s Degree. Minimum credit load: 300 ECTS
How to apply
- Register online (Full program)
- E-mail the following documents to your designated program advisor:
- Photocopy of your passport
- 1 passport-size photo
- Certiﬁed* copy of your Diploma**
- Certiﬁed* copy of your Academic Transcript
- A signed copy of the UIC Barcelona general conditions (ﬁnd attached to the conﬁrmation e-mail you receive after registering online)
- A signed copy of the UIC Barcelona data protection form (ﬁnd attached to the
- conﬁrmation e-mail you receive after registering online)
- A filled in and signed copy of the grant survey referring to any external grants/financial aid for which you may have applied
- Motivation letter (please include your Skype username in your signature)
- Portfolio (format, content and length up to the student)
- Certiﬁcate of English language level (minimum B2)
- Recommendation letters (optional)
- Other certiﬁcates, diplomas or proof of work experience (optional)
* Document must have an official stamp from your university
** If you do not yet have your Diploma, please submit the proof of payment of the diploma issuance fees or a document from your university certifying your expected date of graduation.
Application Process Deadlines for 2018-2019:
FIRST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
- Deadline for submitting documents: 15 December 2017
- Skype interviews with preselected candidates: 8-11 January 2018
- Communication of results: 15 January 2018
SECOND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
- Deadline for submitting documents: 12 March 2018
- Skype interviews with preselected candidates: 19-21 March 2018
- Communication of results: 23 March 2018
*Following each step, the applicants will be notiﬁed if they have been:
a) Accepted: You will receive your acceptance letter along with instructions on how to pay the deposit and reserve a place. Acceptance will only be conﬁrmed upon payment.
b) Placed on a waiting list: Your application will be reviewed again during the next call.
c) Not accepted
Documents submission must be complete in order to include the applicant in each admission call. If some documents are missing, your application will be kept until completed and reviewed during the next admission call.
- Reserve a place: Pay the deposit (20% of the total fee) via international transfer
- Legalise academic documents: Ask your program advisor about speciﬁc instructions and procedures
- Tuition fee: Pay the remaining amount (80% of the total fee) via international transfer
- Submit paper copies of your legalized academic documents upon arrival in Barcelona
Accommodation and Visas
Students are responsible for ﬁnding accommodation and acquiring visas.
- Duration: September to August
- Credits: The syllabus contains a total of 60 ECTS, distributed throughout the academic year into 30 theory credits, 15 personal work credits and 15 practical credits.
- Places: 25 students.
- Location: Classes will be taught on the Iradier-Barcelona Campus
- Important Dates:
- Term 1 – Contents, September-February, Full time from Monday to Thursday
- Term 2 – Master's Thesis, May
- Term 3 – Internship, from June to August
- Language: English
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Last updated November 14, 2018